Jerry Dumas, nationally known cartoonist, will address the Senior Men's Club of New Canaan in Morrill Hall at St. Mark's Church on Friday, Oct. 12, at 10 a.m. He will discuss "writing and cartooning and keeping the kitchen counter clean."
Best known for his "Sam and Silo" comic strip, Dumas is also a writer and essayist, and a columnist for Greenwich Time. He has written and drawn "Sam and Silo" since 1977, and has written thousands of gags for Beetle Bailey for 56 years. Both are syndicated around the world by King Features.
Dumas served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, and then entered Arizona State University on the GI Bill. He earned a degree in English literature in 1955, and 50 years later spoke at the ASU commencement. He has published essays and poetry in the Washington Post, New Yorker, the New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, Smithsonian and Connoisseur. He has also published a memoir, "An Afternoon in Waterloo Park."
A talented handball player, Dumas has won numerous titles, including the New England championship in 1971. He has played tennis for 40 years, but his favorite sport was always handball, singles and doubles. He won the Greenwich Singles title 24 times, the Connecticut Open Doubles championship twice, and the New England Open once. Dumas lives in Greenwich with his wife, Gail.
The Senior Men's Club of New Canaan is open for new members. Applicants are especially welcome to attend this meeting. Visit www.smcnc.org for more information or call membership chairman Jerry Transue at 203-966-6050.